Newspaper article The Canadian Press

BR-Ont-Auditor

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

BR-Ont-Auditor

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TORONTO - Ontario's auditor general says the Liberal government is doing a poor job of overseeing contractors for road maintenance and public transit projects, spending millions of dollars to repair their shoddy work.

Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk says the ministry of transportation and Metrolinx award work to contractors who performed poorly in the past, including one who installed part of a pedestrian bridge over Highway 401 in Pickering upside down.

Lysyk says the pavement on some Ontario roads and highways that is supposed to last 10 to 15 years starts to crack after just two or three, and the ministry pays millions of dollars for the repairs, even when they're under warranty.

Lysyk's annual report also warns of serious shortcomings in the health-care system, and predicts cap-and-trade will cost businesses and individuals $8 billion between 2017 and 2020. …

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